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Lorenzo Thomas lectures on racial identity and its literary representation. Arguing that ethnicity in contemporary America is a politically utilitarian fiction, Thomas discusses the history of ethnicity as concept and representation in American literature. He presents a view of African-American poetry as a reflection of historically changing self-definitions using poems by African-American authors, from Phyllis Wheatley to Amiri Baraka, to illustrate those changes. In the question and answer...